I have nothing new completely quilt wise this Autumn as I've been focusing on lots of small projects rather that full sized quilts. So my entry for the bloggers quilt festival this Autumn is my: "Somewhere Beneath The Sea" Quilt I completed at the start of the year.
When I got back into quilting last year I realised, with great delight, that fabric had moved on since I'd last been quilting and there was a wealth of designer fabrics to be found and bought. Better still (as I have no bricks and mortar LQS) I could get this fabric yumminess online! A range I immediately fell in love with in its entirety is Mendocino by Heather Ross. There wasn't a single colour way or design I didn't like. At one stage I had high hopes of getting a fat quarter at least of all the designs in all the colour ways. But alas some colour ways proved too elusive. The Swim Sisters have remained my all time favourites of the whole range. Unfortunately Mendocino was just becoming scarce when I discovered it. There were a few US sellers selling bundles on Etsy and happily the prices, though inflated by US standards, were more comparable to UK fabric prices. So I snapped up a few fq bundles when I had the chance.
The hardest decision was what to make with this fabric. Part of me just wanted to hoard it and not cut into it!! But another part of me wanted something usable I could enjoy and allow me to see my precious fabric every day, not just when I opened a drawer or cupboard. I decided to go for a simple disappearing nine patch and only use some of it - first using up the FQ's I had duplicates of. I didn't feel I had the requisite skill to do a more complicated quilt design and complete it to my satisfaction.
I really did not want to start cutting out a complicated pattern only to find months later it languished in a WIP pile. As it was I started this prior to dental surgery last Autumn and didn't finish it until this year, having put it to one side!
This quilt is lap sized and I used a Warm and Natural cot sized wadding. I don't know the name of the solids that I bound and backed it with, as I just picked two from an online supplier by colours that would compliment the quilt.
Best still I still have some Mendocino left, should I feel confident enough to do a more complicated design in the future.
Phew! this post has wiped me out. I don't like this seasonal lurgy getting buisness. Hope normal service resumes soon!!